Manifest Graduate Showcase

Published on Mar 15, 2016

By Neal Steichen (MFA ’17)

The Manifest Urban Arts Festival is one of the major highlights of Columbia College Chicago. This annual event is an opportunity for graduating students to present a wide variety of work that represents what they learned as a student at Columbia. 

However, many students may not know about the opening ceremonies on the Thursday before Manifest. On May 12th at 6 pm, the Conaway Center will be hosting the Graduate Showcase, an event explicitly for the graduating students of the numerous graduate programs here at Columbia.

Graduate Coordinator Mary Novak of the Cinema Art and Science program is just one of the many people helping to bring this event together.

“We are exhibiting our students’ trailers and graduation interviews for the Showcase. We are very proud of their thesis films,” explains Novak.

Along side the Cinema Art and Science graduate program, attendees can see the work of graduate students from the Creative Writing, Creative Arts Therapies, Music Composition for the Screen, Photography, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Interdisciplinary Arts programs.

“In prior years, graduate students’ work was mixed in with undergraduate works on Friday. The Graduate Showcase is important because it now gives individual recognition to our graduate programs and will be the official kick-off for Manifest! This year is going to be exciting,” explains Charleston Parham, a student assistant coordinating the showcase. 

The Graduate Showcase will be in Conaway Center in the Film Row Cinema building at 1104 South Wabash. While the doors will open at 6 pm, there will be a graduate toasting ceremony at 6:30 and the showcases will be on display from 7 until 9 pm.

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